Can you give me some advice on Passion Flowers?

AllotmentMaxAllotmentMax Posts: 189
Can anyone give me advice on passion flowers? I didn't cut it back and at the mo it looks pretty sad. Should I cut it back and see if it climbs again and treat it like my Clematis??? Could it just be the cold? Can I feed it? What's best?
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  • LoreaLorea Posts: 81

    Hi Max,

    I cut my passion flower back drastically every year, anytime between late winter and late spring, and it grows back with a vengeance. I cut mine right back practically to the ground, but that's personal choice, to try and keep it under control. I never feed it - it's on very poor soil, against a south west facing wall.

    Go for it!

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Is your passion flower in the ground or a tub? If it's in a tub, might it have got too dry?

  • AllotmentMaxAllotmentMax Posts: 189
    @Lorea thanks for the advice. Will try cutting it back. Heavens have opened this afternoon, will try another day! @Alina no it's in the ground and usually gives a great display, perhaps I'm just impatient.
  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    You might be - the recent cool spell has slowed a lot of things down and made them late.

  • YviehYvieh Posts: 85

    Mine is in the ground, trellised against a North facing wall.  I let it die off, then cut it right down to the ground.  It comes back well, but isn't doing anything at the moment.  I don't know if it's too soon to start shooting, or if its just a bit too cold and wet still.  I'd chop it. 

    Yvie

  • DewyDewy Posts: 2

    I thought I'd lost mine a few years back but it came back mid summer growing very strongly from the roots - this was after I cut it back.  Prior to that I never pruned it, just let it do its thing.  Then last year's harsh winter (2010/11) totally killed it off image

  • AllotmentMaxAllotmentMax Posts: 189

    Thanks for all your advice.  I have made the decision to give it a good cut.  Was going to do it yesterday, but the heavens opened so will have to wait for the next fine day.  Would have been good today as the weather was fab, only I had to go to work!! Trust the good old British weather!

    @Dewy - I remember planting my passion flower a few years back (it was given to me by my mother-in-law) and at the time wasn't very impressed as it didn't do much, but I kept my patience and finally after two summers it flowered and look great along the trellis at the bottom of my garden.  I think it just needs tender loving care image

  • ihave a passion flower infull bloom 17 10 12 should icut it back to ground level and mulch it

  • Susy BSusy B Posts: 29

    I have a passion flower which grows 20feet horizontally under the windows and onto the porch, I cut back all the side shoots when it has finished flowering. It is planted against a south facing wall, it is never fed or watered and blooms from spring until December, at peak flowering time it has dozens of blooms per day.  Hope this is helpful  image

  • Meg 3Meg 3 Posts: 2

    Any advice please I have a very nice passion flower which produces a few flowers and abundant buds which never develope Can t think what I am doing wrong. It is in a south facing corner but shaded from the west sun. it seems to be quite happy there but the buds don t come to flower. I am thinking I could move it to south west border where it would get more sun but not so much shelter. I have been feeding it. Any ideas please

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